PIKE COUNTY TO RECEIVE POULTRY FARM ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANT
BRUNDIDGE, Ala. -- The Pike County Economic Development Corporation will receive a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $167,500 from the Office of Rural Development within the United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright announced this week.
These rural development funds will be used to conduct a second-phase study to determine potential energy cost savings for Alabama poultry production in and around Brundidge.
"Poultry production is a vital part of Alabama's agricultural economy," said Bright, who wrote a letter to the USDA in support of the funding. "Like every industry, poultry growers are looking for ways to innovate and become more energy efficient. This grant will help the Pike County Economic Development Corporation complete the second step of a study that we all hope will help poultry producers save money on their energy costs. I am very pleased the USDA is using its resources to invest in rural communities and businesses. In time, this will help strengthen and preserve the industries that provide jobs to thousands in Alabama."
The first phase of this feasibility study analyzed the implementation of new technologies. The second phase will determine the exact amount of energy cost savings as a result of these new products. If the study shows evidence of significant savings, the products and methods could then be commercialized and used on poultry farms on a widespread basis.